You Won't Believe How Much Maisie Williams Has Changed

Part of devoting nearly eight years of Sunday nights to an epic show like Game of Thrones means watching not just your favorite characters, but the young actors behind them grow up right before your eyes. Over the past 69 episodes, Maisie Williams — as Arya Stark — has gone from a precocious aspiring knight to a girl with no name who's put her dancing lessons with Syrio Forel to good use on more than one occasion. (If you need even more of a reminder of how much Arya has grown over the past seven seasons, look no further than last night's sex scene.)

But Arya's evolution isn't limited to her on-screen transformation: Williams herself has also gone from a baby-faced 12-year-old just getting her start in the acting world to a 22-year-old woman who's come to terms with leaving her beloved character behind (even if we're not ready to let go).


As Arya marches on in the life-or-death battle against the White Walkers, we're taking a walk down memory lane with Williams' remarkable red-carpet transformation over the last decade. When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die — but when it comes to Williams' red-carpet looks, it's win after win after win.

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At a premiere celebrating the release of season 1 on DVD, Williams arrived with a coral lip, thick black liner, and the shortest haircut we've seen on her.
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A year later, Williams was rocking a few extra inches of hair and a little more makeup than she'd worn on her first red carpet.
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This was Williams' year of red lipstick: She sported the bold lip color to numerous appearances. (Arya's on-screen look at the time was just a little more casual.)
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We got serious Hollywood romanic vibes from the then-18-year-old on this red carpet, courtesy of her flushed neutral makeup and loose strands of hair framing her face.
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Williams showed off her darker side with a deep cobalt hair color that gave us a hint of edgier looks to come.
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At the 2016 Emmys, Williams wore a set of choppy bangs and bold green eyeshadow that proved her penchant for switching up her look.
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This grown-up, Old Hollywood-inspired hair and makeup would make any GoT fan do a double take.
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Williams showed off her love of experimenting with color with this emerald green eye makeup.
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Williams' pivot to pink hair was more than just a fun color change — it was her way of saying goodbye to Arya... and her full-time job. "I dyed it because I didn’t want to work," she told Rolling Stone. "It’s a pretty good way of stopping that. And it just feels so good, so me. I’ve battled my whole adolescence with trying to put a stamp on my appearance, but also be a blank canvas as an actor."
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For the final premiere of Game of Thrones, Williams played with purple hair and an on-trend black bow updo.
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Should we expect a wider range of pastel hair colors now that the actress has the freedom to change it up? We hope so — and we can only hope her on-screen sister Sophie Turner follows suit.
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